Robert Steel is a composer and sound designer for cinema, theatre and other media.
Recent cinema and other media credits include the films Sleepy Steve, 147 Pianos, Speed Dating, Signals, Memorial, Undocumented, Flat Chested, Good Hair and Other Dubious Distinctions, Scarlet, Father/Man, Zombie Yoga, Climate of Uncertainty, Reunion,
The Mom Project, and Lobster Stew for Soprano and Virtual Instruments, Memorial for Soprano, Electronics and Video premiered at the University of Iowa in October, 2013.
Recent sound design credits for theater include the world premiere of Carlos Murillo’s play Augusta and Noble at Adventure Stage in Chicago, Richard III, Henry IV, and Hamlet at Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.
He is on faculty at the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University where he runs the
DePaul School of Cinematic Arts Sound Design program and the Sound Studios. He piloted exchanges with two major universities in Mexico City, Universidad Iberoamericana and Tecnologico de Monterrey, where he taught advanced sound design courses in the summer of 2011 and mentored students in the production of two short films in the winter of 2012. He is a recipient of After Dark awards, the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award, and awards from ASCAP and the Illinois Arts Council.